I’m new to the Panny (was a LiteOn 5005 user). Just got an ES15 for 89 bucks at Best Buy and I thought I’d give a QS to a disc I just recorded.
Disc is a Verbatim -R 8x (the kind with the movie reel printed on the top)
Recorded on the ES15 in Flexible Recording mode (2h30min).
Not the worst scan I’ve seen from a standalone (that goes to my trusty 5005 and a HP branded CMC M01 that had thousands of POFs!).
This disc was perfectly playable in my venerable Pioneer and had a reasonably smooth read curve.
I’ve got some other disc types and brands that I’m going to experiment with over the coming days including some Sony 8x +Rs (Yudens) I just found at Wallyworld on Monday.
Curiously, the Flexible Recording mode did not fill up the entire disc…